Wednesday August 13, 2008Milton-Jones and Team USA Roll Past Mali in Olympic Basketball Action
Former Gator DeLisha Milton-Jones and the 2008 U.S. Women's Olympic Team (3-0) needed just 10 minutes to build a double-digit lead and went on to secure a 97-41 win against overmatched Mali (0-3) Wednesday night at Wukesong Arena in Beijing, China.
The USA offense was
clicking on all cylinders, and the red, white and blue shot 62.0 percent
overall (41-66 FGs), 43.0 percent from behind the arc (6-14 3pt FGs) and
tallied 29 assists, including seven dimes from Kara Lawson (Sacramento
Monarchs). Defensively, the Americans forced 29 turnovers and held
Next up for the American
Following Friday's game
In Wednesday's other preliminary play, Group A saw Russia (3-0) top Belarus (1-2) 71-65 with Maria Stepanova recording a team-high 13 points; Latvia (1-2) survived Brazil (0-3) 79-78 thanks to 25 points from Anete Jekabsone-Zogota; and 18 points from Penny Taylor and Suzy Batkovic helped Australia (3-0) easily beat South Korea (1-2) 90-63.
In Group B, Spain (2-1), spurred on by 20 points from Anna Montaņana, downed Czech Republic (1-2) 74-55; and China (2-1) beat New Zealand (1-2) 80-63 with Nan Chen recording 26 points.
"We were able to work
on several things defensively that we haven't had a chance to in our first two
Lisa Leslie (Los Angeles
Sparks), who scored a game-high 16 points, set a U.S. Olympic single-game
record on 7-of-7 shooting from the field, surpassing 2008 teammate Katie Smith (Detroit
Shock), who shot 6-of-6 from the field in 2000, and Nikki McCray, who shot
6-of-6 in 1996. Leslie also equaled the
"Records are made to be broken," Leslie said. "It was good. We just wanted to get the win. We wanted to come out and perform well and not have a drop off. It was a little tough for us, but I thought we really pulled together and again, hung our hats on our defense. Defense and rebounding is key, and that's what really I try to focus on."
(Minnesota Lynx) added 12 points and three assists to the
Following the break, the
The 12-point lead quickly
ballooned to 20 as the Americans again compiled a scoring streak, this time an
8-0 spurt to start the second period that included six points from Parker and
brought the score to 32-12 at 8:15. As the
"We're building for
the medal round, so we definitely want to stay on top of our game,"
Thompson said. "
The defending Olympic
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